Such an odd movie. I’ve yet to show it to someone who didn’t end up a sobbing broken mess by the end. Or to someone who didn’t giggle a bit at a scene here or there. The odd thing is, the “sobbing broken” moments and the “giggle” moments seem slightly different for each person.
What is the one moment of MNIK that makes you just break down utterly the very most?
For me, it’s “Allah Hi Rahim”. Just the 30 second opening, when the music swells and you look out and see all these people in Hijabs and Kufis struggling through the water. Such a beautiful moment of “God is other people”, and the message that this community that has received such much hate is turning around and giving love back. I know I know, the set up for it is ridiculous, and it’s never fully followed through, but that one moment is so powerful I don’t care. (and you can donate money now to Islamic Relief USA, which does this kind of thing all the time in real life. And doesn’t really need money because the Muslim community in America gives millions in Zakat every year).
On the other hand, what is the sequence of MNIK that you would cut?
The interrogation sequence for me. I love the opening sequence of being detained at the airport, it’s such a small everyday kind of humiliation, complete with missing his flight and messing up his life for no reason and with no apology. But the actual arrest and torture section? No, that’s too much. Especially considering the film never really goes back to it, it happened and then it doesn’t come up again. There’s a small nice part of seeing the autism community and the Muslim community come together and support him and get him released, but again, that never comes up again? This whole big community activism thing just disappears? Oh, and the torturers are just so insanely evil and kind of dumb that it switches from traumatic and sad to just plain funny. Or maybe I am soulless, I don’t know.
What are your “ugly crying will never recover from the sadness” MNIK moments?
And what are your “this is so dumb I have to laugh and I wish it wasn’t in the movie” moments?